Back in December of 2018, I wrote a list of books that I was absolutely desperate to read in the new year. Well, the end of 2019 is coming ever closer, so I decided that I’d write a post looking back on my most anticipated reads and whether or not they lived up to everything I hoped from them!
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Of course I was going to love this! There was never any doubt. King of Scars focuses on Nikolai, the only character that made the Grishaverse trilogy bearable, so having an entire book dedicated to him was excellent. Nina was also included which made this book even better, and the shock cliffhanger at the end was enough to have me desperate for the sequel!
On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
I actually haven’t got around to reading this one yet, which is a shame! I did, however, meet Angie Thomas this year which was amazing! My friend and I went to a talk in London where she spoke about this book, the next book she’s writing and much more. It was definitely one of the best author events I’ve been to.
The Wicked King by Holly Black
So I absolutely adored this one! It was so twisty and cunning and I loved every second. Having recently finished the last book in the trilogy that was brought forward to releasing at the end of this year rather than 2020, I can definitely say that it’s one of my top favourite series!
Children of Virtue & Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
I’ve not read this one yet as it doesn’t release until December, but unfortunately I don’t think it’ll be one I’m going to read. Usually with fantasy series that I adore, I’ll find myself thinking about them and eager to read more, but I just haven’t felt that with this series.
Internment by Samira Ahmed
This was another one that I haven’t read yet, but I really do still want to read it! I’ll have to make sure that it’s on my list for an early 2020 read!
I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver
This was one of the most beautiful books that I’ve read in 2019 (The Black Flamingo is also high up on that list), and I loved the story and relationships between the characters. It was refreshing to see therapy being used in a YA book with a therapist that wants to help the main character, as well as a nonbinary character slowly learning to love and accept themself.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
THIS. BOOK. Holy shit. I loved it. I read it so fast and was left hungry for more of the world. Dark, disturbing at times, and thoroughly full of twisty magic blended with the real world, Leigh Bardugo’s first adult novel was one that I can’t wait to reread!
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Last year I was so shocked to hear that there would be a sequel to Carry On, and this year there’s been an announcement for a THIRD in the series. So I’m very excited for that. Bringing it back to Wayward Son, I really enjoyed this one and loved how the tone of the book shifted from the first one. Things aren’t perfect in the world of Simon and Baz, and both parties are worried about their relationship and futures. Lots of readers weren’t happy with the shift in tone, but I thought it worked perfectly. And tried hard to break my heart in the process.
The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
I read this with my reviewing brain on, and enjoyed it for what it was; a good teenage novel with anxiety representation as well as being an easy read. Looking back, I’d probably alter my review to a 3 star read as there were a lot of references to other books that did tend to make the reading experience a little jarring.
PROUD by assorted authors and illustrators, edited by Juno Dawson
This was such a lovely anthology, which included both short stories and illustrations that accompanied them. There were definitely some firm favourites for me in both of these categories, and it’s one of those books that I made sure to take my time with so that I could appreciate every single story.
Did you enjoy all of your most anticipated reads this year? Or did some of them disappoint? Let me know!